RNC Chair Michael Steele “has a message for centrist” GOPers: “We’ll come after you.”
Steele, asked on ABC’s “Top Line” webcast “if it is acceptable” for GOPers “who support health care reform or the stimulus package to run” in cong. races: “That’s where the line gets a little bit tricky.” Steele “said that supporting legislative items on the top of” the Dem agenda “goes against the core principle,” adding that GOP candidates in moderate CDs need to “walk carefully, because we’ll come after you.”
Steele also said the GOP is allying with the “tea party” protesters. Steele: “We’re with them, we’re walking this walk with them. … I don’t need you to identify as a Republican. I need you to identify as a conservative. We are the conservative party” (ABC News, 11/5).
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GOP Reps. Paul Broun (GA), Charlie Dent (PA) and John Shadegg (AZ) write in the Washington Times, five cmtes “have produced health care legislation and more than 40 individual lawmakers have introduced solutions to the health care financing crisis in America.” Yet “there is still no consensus on Capitol Hill and no effort by leadership” in the House to “attempt bipartisan reform on an issue sure to define this Congress.”
It’s “clear that health care reform is needed, and with an issue that affects one-sixth of our economy, the American people deserve a common-sense, bipartisan approach that isn’t a trillion dollar bill. As members of Congress, we believe it is incumbent upon us to take a deliberative, common-sense approach to health care reform and deliver to the American people bipartisan legislation that they most desperately deserve.”
“Numerous” Dems “have expressed support for” the “following specific solutions”: “Individuals should be afforded the same tax advantages that businesses have by being able to deduct” their 100% “of all of their health care expenses from their taxes;” “high-risk pools and reinsurance mechanisms;” allow consumers “to shop for health insurance across state lines;” and create “association health plans.”
Dem members “should reach across the aisle and put forward a new health care reform bill addressing these four specific reform elements that we can agree will make health care more affordable and accessible for all Americans. We stand ready to sign on as co-sponsors to any” Dem-led legislation “that is comprised of these four items and will encourage members” within the GOP conference “to join us in this important endeavor” (11/6).
When Was It Ever Not The Economy, Stupid?
CNBC’s Kudlow writes in the Washington Times, “against the backdrop of high unemployment and a public revolt against” a Dem health care bill, GOPers “scored two dramatic victories on Election Day.” It’s “interesting that early signs of economic recovery are not helping” the Obama Dems, “largely because of” the unemployment rate. “Even the crazy jobs-saved-or-created campaign is having no discernable impact while the Obamacons try to fight the unemployment rate.”
“Statistically, the recession is over. That’s good. And it corroborates the big stock market rally over the past seven months. This is going to be a business-led recovery as self-correcting firms build profits on top of huge cash flows.” But “the depreciating dollar remains a storm cloud over recovery. So are scheduled tax-rate increases and health care legislation that will slam individuals and firms with higher tax burdens and higher tax costs for job creation.”
The “economic recovery story, and even the stock market rally, won’t bail out the Obamacons today, although it remains to be seen whether a free-market, anti-tax-and-spend message will emerge from a strong Election Day showing” by GOPers (11/6).
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Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor and Democratic National Committee chair, announced he's pulling out of the running to regain the chairman's post. Dean "announced in a pre-recorded video to a conference of state Democratic chairs that he would step aside to allow for a new face to lead the party as it seeks to rebuild."
"Once again, businessman and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein has come through for the National Park Service. This time, he's pledged funding needed to modernize the Washington Monument's elevator-- but the monument will remain closed until 2019 while repairs and improvements are underway. Rubenstein's donation of between $2-3 million, announced Friday, will correct those ongoing elevator issues, which have shuttered the monument since August 17."
The National Defense Authorization Act passed the House this morning by a 375-34 vote. The bill, which heads to the Senate next week for final consideration, would fund the military to the tune of $618.7 billion, "about $3.2 billion more than the president requested for fiscal 2017. ... The White House has issued a veto threat on both the House and Senate-passed versions of the bill, but has not yet said if it will sign the compromise bill released by the conference committee this week."
Bill Schuette, Michigan's attorney general, has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the state to halt the recount of the state's voting results. The recount was elected by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. Schuette says the recount shouldn't occur because Stein cited no evidence of voter fraud or tabulation error.
"Republicans have elected Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) the next chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee. Walden defeated Reps. John Shimkus (R-IL) and Joe Barton (R-TX), the former committee chairman, in the race for the gavel" to succeed Michgan's Fred Upton.